|Colour||Light to dark purple|
|Appearance||Transparent, pointed crystals|
|Source||Brazil, Mexico, US, Canada, Britain, Russia, Sri Lanka, India, Uruguay, Siberia, East Africa|
Amethyst is the birthstone for Pisces and for those born in February. It also celebrates the 6th wedding anniversary.
Amethyst is a variety of Quartz, which is the second most abundant mineral found in Earth's crust. It gets its purple hue from irradiation, iron impurities, and the presence of trace elements.
The name Amethyst is derived from the Greek word "amethystos", meaning not drunken, or sober. In ancient Greece and Rome, Amethyst was thought to ward off drunkenness.
Amethyst has been favoured by royalty for centuries, with use in jewellery dating back as far as 2000 B.C.
Thought to symbolize Christ, Roman Catholic bishops have traditionally worn rings set with Amethyst. Some say Saint Valentine wore an Amethyst ring with an image of Cupid carved into it.
Promoting peacefulness, happiness, and contentment, Amethyst is commonly used in meditation, as it is believed to calm and stimulate the mind as required.
Amethyst is thought to have a gently sedative energy. In crystal healing, it is recommended that you place a piece of Amethyst under your pillow when you are having trouble sleeping at night.